|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Crispy-fried dill pickles are super easy to prepare and cook in the air fryer. Fried dill pickles are air-fried to perfection in just 10 to 11 minutes. The classic Cajun-seasoned breading can be as mild or as spicy as you like, and a little pickle juice in the beaten eggs adds just enough tartness. These tasty little pickles will have everyone coming back for more.
Fried dill pickle slices or spears have long been a favorite in the Southern states. They're everything you could want in an appetizer—they're spicy, sour, dippable, and crispy. Fried pickles make a great side dish as well. Serve them as a side dish along with grilled or fried fish, barbecue, fried shrimp, or burgers. They're wonderful dipped in ranch dressing or a flavored mayonnaise or aioli.
Gather the ingredients.
Place pickles on paper towels and blot with more paper towels to remove excess moisture.
Arrange three bowls or containers for breading. In first container, combine flour with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, if using, and cayenne pepper. Combine beaten eggs and pickle juice in second container, and add breadcrumbs to third container.
Dip a pickle slice in seasoned flour. Shake off excess flour, then coat with egg mixture. Let excess egg drip off, then coat pickle in panko crumbs. Repeat until all of the pickles are breaded.
Arrange pickles on a rimmed baking sheet or on plates. Preheat air fryer to 400 F for 5 minutes.
Spray basket with cooking oil spray, then arrange pickles in it, leaving a bit of space between each pickle.
Cook pickles at 400 F for 6 minutes. Spray lightly with cooking oil spray, then turn them over. Bake for 5 more minutes or until golden brown.
Remove to a plate or basket and serve with Ranch dressing or your favorite dip.
How to Store Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- Refrigerate leftover fried pickles in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- For longer storage, transfer the fried pickles to a zip-close freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
- Reheat leftover fried pickles in the air fryer for about 2 to 3 minutes at 375 F.
Serve fried pickles with a commercial dip, aioli, or dressing, or try one of these ideas:
- Spicy Sriracha mayonnaise.
- Homemade ranch dressing.
- Cajun Ranch: Combine 1/2 cup of ranch dressing with 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning and a dash of hot sauce.
- Spicy Cajun Mayo: Combine 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with a tablespoon of ketchup, 1 teaspoon of pickle juice or lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, a dash of hot sauce, and salt, to taste.
Can I Use Frozen Breaded Pickles In the Air Fryer?
You can air fry prepared, breaded, frozen pickles. If you are making them in advance and freezing the pickles, bread them as instructed and arrange them on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer; when the breaded pickles are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When air frying from frozen, cook for about 7 minutes, and then flip and fry for about 5 to 6 minutes longer, or until crisp and browned.